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Typography, when coupled with unbridled creativity, craftsmanship, and obsession, can take the mesmerizing form of an ambigram. Ambigrams are typographic designs that combine optical illusion, symmetry, and visual perception. The resulting word or phrase can be read in any number of orientations, viewpoints, or directions.
Here is your master class in the art and craft of the ambigram! Curated by graphic and ambigram designer Nikita Prokhorov, this book offers a thorough introduction to the esoteric artistic movement made popular by Dan Brown’s novel Angels & Demons. You’ll find insightful introductions to the ambigram from an allstar panel of design judges, including Scott Kim, John Langdon, Maggie Macnab, Cheryl Savala, Jessica Hische, Stefan G. Bucher, and Scot Morris. Next comes a series of case studies that includes sketches and the thought process behind the creation of some fascinating ambigrams. Finally, the showcase section presents numerous curated artworks from ambigramists around the world. Equipped with the expert techniques and inspiring examples found in these pages, you’ll be ready to start creating your own ambigrams!
A Word from the Judges
1 / John Langdon — Syzygy
2 / Cleber Faria — History
3 / Daniel Dostal — Wishmaster
4 / Elwin Gill — San Diego
5 / Mark Palmer — Shark Attack
6 / Nicholas Gilbert — Dirty/Clean
7 / Carl “COSM” Mehling — Tempt
8 / Seb Lester — Heaven In Blazing Sunshine
9 / Martijn Slegers — Mystery Gift
10 / NAGFA — King Fisher
11 / Clayton Mabey — John Langdon/Scott Kim
12 / Jen Winklepleck — Unseen
13 / Bastian Pinnenberg — Snapstar
14 / Eugene Uymatiao — Turn of Phrase
15 / Kai Hammond — Alphabet
Top Ten Ti ps for Creating Ambigrams